I love to help singer-songwriters enhance their sound with an eclectic palette of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. I will take your song from demo to fully-produced track! I will work with you to perfect your lyrics, chord progressions and vocals, and can also record additional keys, guitar, bass, drums, and string arrangements.
As we work together to sculpt the perfect sound that you have in mind, I will ensure that we communicate regularly in order to confirm that you are happy every step of the way. I work in a wide range of genres including Folk, Pop, Rock, Trip-Hop, Cinematic and Orchestral, combining influences effortlessly as a result of my musical background and listening.
A little about me:
I am a Singer-Songwriter/Producer/Multi-Instrumentalist from the San Francisco Bay Area with a degree in music production and performance. My creative journey has taken many paths during my career as a musician, working within Classical orchestras and Jazz bands as a violinist, in Gamelan ensembles as a percussionist, as a vocalist in several choral choirs, and the frontman of my own band. My knowledge of these genres has led me into the realms of fusion and experimentation within my production work. I seek to create an organic sound using a seamless blend of acoustic and electronic production.
My aim is to continue exploring the amazing talent that is out there, collaborating and recording with others while constantly seeking to create innovative material. I look forward to working with you!
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Ayden was very easy to work with. With him already having knowledge in production he was able to convey his ideas and discussed them as the project progressed.
Would definitely recommend him to anyone for future projects!
Ayden has contributed positively to many of my productions for the Pokémon anime and other projects, and I recommend him highly as a programmer, instrumentalist and collaborator. He's a cool guy, and has impeccable taste, which almost always what you want.
Interview with Ayden Graham
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been singing since I could speak, started playing the violin when I was 8 years old, followed by guitar and piano at 16. Over 25 years later I've played in Folk, Rock, Jazz and Reggae bands, performed with Gamelan ensembles, Classical orchestras, Gospel choirs, and I'm still exploring and developing my chops as a professional musician playing weddings, dinner parties, farmers markets and festivals. I have been recording my own songs for the past decade, and I've recorded in several notable studios around the SF Bay Area. Producing was a natural progression from my diverse background to the desire to make the best recordings possible. Now I'm happier with the sounds I get through my home studio setup than at any big name studio. The creative possibilities are endless!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Damien Rice – his dynamic style is what inspired me to start writing my own songs. I really admire his ability to go from intimate whispering to full-out soaring orchestral grandeur. He doesn't settle for mediocre, and neither do I!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you have a basic lead sheet with the chords and lyrics written out. I will be better able to help you when you're confident with the tempo and structure of your song. If you need help with arrangement and instrumentation, we can work together on that.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the intended mood of the song? Dark and moody? Upbeat and fun? What instruments can you imagine that will help convey the vibe you're going for?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Exploring new sounds, breathing life into old songs, helping create a full rich sound that will take the listener on a journey.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Folk Rock meets Trip Hop
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Thom Yorke, Damien Rice, Tom Waits, Gotye (Wally De Backer), Karl & David Odlum, The Dust Brothers, Jon Brion and Rick Rubin
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I pride myself on the ability to match the prosody of the lyrics with instrumental production. Whether it be the sparse vocals, acoustic guitar and brushed drums arrangement or an epic layered orchestral-organic-electronic production, I strive to tell the story of the song!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's all about the gear. It's not what brand or how expensive it is, it's about using your ears and making something beautiful.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I love to use analog for the intuitive interactive and aesthetic qualities, and the digital platform is best for precision editing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Reversed sounds; piano, guitar, vocals, reverb – use them!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter, Folk, Rock, Pop
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh perspective, numerous instrumental ideas, groove and dynamism!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I help them to achieve their goals, whether it be in lyric or melodic choices, adding rich guitar and drum layering, or mixing with the perfect amount of space.